Scam alert possibly in Pleasanton

Phone and mail solicitations by fake Salt River Project employees

The Salt River Project, an energy provider in Arizona, is warning people about a number of scams being operated using the company's name, including possibly in Pleasanton.

In one scam a caller offers cash or incentives to provide information on energy-saving programs, according to a release from the firm; caller ID shows an invalid Salt River Project phone number, (602) 236-7290, with callers trying to obtain personal information to make illegal purchases. Calls back to that number indicate it is not in service.

Other scams are related to the sale of residential solar energy systems, and a mail fraud scam involving a fake SRP check and the promise of more money; the company said in its release that the checks look real but are not from the company. Often, those checks are accompanied by a letter asking a customer call to verify receipt of the check, and a victim will be put on hold and subject to expensive pay per-minute charges

SRP said in its release that company employees never call asking for personal information, that it does not sell products or services door-to-door or offer cash to solicit appointments. Anyone concerned over a telephone or mail solicitation should call the company at (602) 236-8888 to verify employee identification and program information.

Pleasanton police Sgt. Jim Knox said his department has not had any reports of the scam although a resident brought the scam to the attention of the Pleasanton Weekly. Anyone suspecting a scam is advised to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.


Posted by D W, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

One month and 11 days later, I spotted two lemon green vested solicitors trying to sucker the upper Vintage Hills neighborhoods with their scam. Be very leery of all folks similar!

Posted by Pete , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Same Ph# from article has called twice on the 18th and once on the 17th. Received "Blocked Call" over the last one hour from another energy company wanting to visit home. Anyhow... just beware...

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on May 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I had a call Friday afternoon...

"Hello, energy customer. Are you interested in saving money on your energy costs?"

I said 'NO' and hung up. I don't talk with any solicitors...

Probably the same outfit.


Posted by Nite Owl, a resident of Birdland
on May 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

But of course unclehomerr might also have lost out on a way to conserve energy and reduce his energy costs. Now he has no way of knowing, because he hung up on the caller before he heard what he/she had to say. What a guy!

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on May 22, 2011 at 12:15 am

But I don't vant to doo dat!


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on May 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

nite owl--are you really that gullible or just be contrarian? If he wants to seek out energy scams, he can do it on his own instead of relying on unsolicited scammers.

Posted by Tango, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

Yes, I saw the green vested people going up my street , when I got out of my car to go inside. They had to know I was home because they watched me go inside. Never got a knock on my door. Maybe it was my big dog that spooked them. I buy nothing over the phone and nothing from e-mails or door to door sales people. If I haven't done business with them before , they don't get my business. I have tried and true companies that I do business with. It is safer that way.

Posted by yet another resident, a resident of Country Fair
on May 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

Interesting - a guy came to my door last week, late afternoon, in some kind of fluorescent-colored vest. Tried to start a conversation about energy savings - I cut him off by saying my bills had never been lower (true story), and yes, I'm completely comfortable. He turned and left - either sensed the conviction in my voice (that door-to-door solicitation doesn't work with me - perhaps it's the sign I have by my door?), or heard my raucous dogs in the background protesting his presence. I won't feel bad another second about being a little short with the guy.

Posted by Kitty Kat, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on May 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

I am usually very supportive of the people in the flourescent jackets, and have donated thousands to their organization in the past. I would happily contribute even more to their cause, but I want to see specifically where the money is being earmarked. For me, that is the kicker.

Posted by Hold on to your money, a resident of Del Prado
on May 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

kitty kat is right. I used to give a lot to Red Cross. I can't tell you how much I gave. Now I don't give them anything. They can talk all they want to about how the money goes to a good cause, but I would like to see specificity in the language. Until they specify exactly what disaster they're responding to, exactly what supplies are to be brought in, the names of the victims they're supposedly helping, and a legal assurance that my donation won't go to Red Cross administrative salaries and pensions, they'll not get another nickel from me.

Posted by Jen7, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

Jen7 is a registered user.

How did the America Red Cross get into this conversation on this energy scammers? Don't give your money to the Red Cross okay. How about you give them your blood every 8 weeks. It helps save at least 3 people's lives and you feel good too. Although, you will never know WHO they are. Sometimes, it's good to give just to give.

Posted by Kitty Kat, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on May 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

Jen7 comes across as being a bit naive. Its great to be a liberal bleeding heart but let's be real. Blood is fungible just like our tax dollar. Before I allow the Red Cross to bleed me dry I want to see language that specifies exactly where MY blood is going to. If it's going to save a child's life all so much the better. I've given in the past until it hurts. But I don't want my blood being used on some undeserving criminal. Until the Red Cross can assure me exactly where my blood is going they'll not get another drop from me.

Posted by Jen7, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

Jen7 is a registered user.

Dear KittyKat, I truly feel sorry for you that you are so tainted by this world that you cannot see the value in donating blood. You want to know who is getting your blood! Really? I resent and reject the comment that I am naive. I am definitely not a liberal bleeding heart. No, in fact, I am a conservative Republican and a God-loving woman. I've been donating MY blood for over 20 years and I will continue to do so. Why? Because it is an EASY way to help out someone, regardless of who they are, in their time of need and I do so gladly. I pray you or a family member will never be in a situation where massive amounts of blood are needed to save a life! Have a great day!

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